In what is an exciting new partnership between Riding for the Disabled Association and British Dressage, one of our riders Lee Lawrence and Whisper took part in the first RDA Intellectual Disability Championship on Saturday 1st September at Solihull Riding Club.
The new ID Championships are an important milestone as they mark the first time riders with an intellectual disability have competed with the National Governing Body for dressage in the UK. So it was truly remarkable that Lee, together with his trusty steed Whisper were invited to take part following their strong 1st place results at the RDA Regional qualifiers earlier in May. Competing in the Walk and Trot section of the championship and up against a strong field of riders with only one goal in mind that was “to win” Lee and Whisper were the victors in his section with a very healthy 66.12% score. Lee received a wonderful rosette and Whisper was presented with a beautiful sash.
Ed Bracher, RDA Chief Executive said “This is a huge step forward for riders with an ID, who have until now had precious few competititve opportunities. In launching these Championships, British Dressage is not only helping to drive change within equestrian, but also within the broader spectrum of disability sport, where opportunities for ID athletes are still limited.
It goes without saying that everyone at Cotswold RDA are thrilled for Lee and Whisper and are incredibly proud of their achievement and we certainly hope this will be a first in a long line of new opportunities.